Perspectives on youth and technology

1 in 10 Youth Have Perpetrated Sexual Violence

Youth are perpetrating sexual violence more often than you might think

Today in JAMA Pedeatrics, our study “Prevalence Rates of Male and Female Sexual Violence Perpetrators in a National Sample of Adolescents,” was published. This very important study reveals that 9% of young people have made or tried to make someone do something sexual – including having sex – when they knew the other person did not want to. Findings serve as a call of action for all of us – parents, teachers, researchers – to talk to our young people about what healthy and unhealthy sex is. To learn more about the study find the press release here.

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Acknowledgements: Thank you to Jennifer Renzas for her contributions to this blog.

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Michele Ybarra, MPH, Ph.D., is President and Research Director of a non-profit research organization called the Center for Innovative Public Health Research (CiPHR).


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